1st PEF World Summit

Benchmarking Sustainability of Products and Organisations

Berlin, 8-9 October 2013

The 1st PEF World Summit gathered more than 150 international experts from the area of carbon and environmental footprinting. The programme of the  comprised contributions on the EU Environmental Footprint Initiative as well as on worldwide developments in carbon and environmental footprinting, especially from the Americas, East Asia and East Africa. The summit was complemented with business and stakeholder perspectives.

At conference Day 1 Michele Galatola, European Commission/DG Environment presented the selection of the Environmental Footprint Pilot Projects (PEF/OEF). Michele also gave an outlook on the upcoming three years of the pilot phase and described the possibilities of how to join the process. Have a look at the video to see his full presentation.


Final Programme

The final programme is available as pdf here.

In a relaxed atmosphere of the Borsig Estate, an old agricultural holding in the environs of Berlin, the following topics have been handled in plenary sessions and dedicated tracks:

  • International carbon & environmental footprint standards and initiatives
  • Sustainability benchmarking of products and suppliers
  • Product category and sector level implementation
  • Carbon & environmental footprinting at scale
  • Implications of carbon & environmental footprinting and trade

Contributions were provided by:

  • Carmen Alvarado | AkzoNobel, Sweden
  • Sylviane Armagnacq | Smurfit Kappa, France
  • Mark Barthel | WRAP, UK
  • Alice Baverstock | DEFRA, UK
  • Marga Blom | Royal KPN
  • Kevin Brady | Sustainability Consultant, Canada
  • Andrea Brown | World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Paul Bruijn | Heineken, Netherlands
  • Sylvain Chevassus | Ministry of Sustainable Development, France
  • Alice Baverstock | Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK
  • Christian Dietrich | Systain, Germany
  • Laura Draucker | WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol, USA
  • Carole Dubois | Quantis, Switzerland
  • Desirae Early | Levi Strauss, USA
  • Sophie Fallaha | CIRAIG, Canada
  • Jim Fava | UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative & PE
  • Michele Galatola | DG Environment, European Commission
  • Vivek Gilani | The Green Signal, India
  • Pascal Gréverath | Food SCP Round Table & Nestlé, Switzerland
  • Steven van Hemelryck | Colruyt, Begium
  • Ulf Jaeckel | Ministry of Environment, Germany
  • Masayuki Kanzaki | Japan Environmental Management Association (JEMAI), Japan
  • Annemarie Kerkhof | ECOFYS, Netherlands
  • Hyunhee Lee | Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI)
  • Jae Moon Lee | LG Electronics, Korea
  • Pascal Léglise | Carrefour, Belgium
  • Euan Murray | The Sustainability Consortium (TSC)
  • Nicola Paczkowski | BASF, Germany
  • Rana Pant | European Commission, DG JRC
  • Kristof Peerens | 3M, Belgium
  • Jan Christian Polanía Giese | PEF World Forum, Germany
  • Rasmus Priess | PEF World Forum, Germany
  • Hanna Schreiber | Environment Agency Austria
  • Valérie Séjourné | A.I.S.E.
  • Chien-Jen Shih |Taiwan Environmental Management Association (TEMA)
  • Craig Simmons | Best Foot Forward, UK
  • Philip Strothmann | UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle
  • Terry Thiele | Lubrizol Corporation, USA
  • Andreas Wade | First Solar, Germany
  • Paul Walakira | Uganda National Bureau of Standards
  • Alison Watson | Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership

Background: The EU Environmental Footprint Initiative

In spring 2013 the European Commission released the Communication on “Building the Single Market for Green Products” with a Recommendation on the use of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) methods. This initiative is welcomed by the majority of EU member states and can form the basis for potential regulations on product sustainability on the EU internal market. For the refinement of the methodology many companies, associations and national govenrments (EU and non-EU) are preparing their applications for the environmental footprint pilot phase starting in September 2013. Deadline for the application to the first wave of pilots is already 26th July (2nd wave will be early 2014). The completion of the pilot process is due 2017.

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